Reflections 05/19/2020



  Deaths this week: Elmer Farrington Jr., Leora Marsh, Hope Austin, Randall Trinkle, Martha Dunaway.

  Melody Smith is retiring as the secretary at Jefferson Craig Elementary after 33 years in that capacity. She has a total of 35 years of service to the school corporation.

  Amber Reed and Evelyn Griffin are honored for their 25 plus years of service to the Switzerland County School Corporation.

  The Switzerland County Lady Pacers advance in softball to play in the championship game of the IHSAA Sectional.

  Lady Pacer Olivia Hewitt will advance to Regionals with a fourth place finish in high jump in the Track Sectional.

  Clint Swanson qualified for Regionals after winning the 200 meter dash in the Jeffersonville Sectional.


  Jon Bond of Switzerland County is seeking the Democratic nomination for the State Clerk of Courts office. The nomination will be voted on at the Democratic State Convention on June 1st, but currently Jon Bond is the only announced candidate. He is the son of Craig and Linda Bond of Patriot.

  It’s a week later than normal, but 94 members of the Switzerland County High School Class of 2002 will get their diplomas during commencement ceremonies that will be held on Sunday, June 2nd. Graduation will be in the high school gymnasium.

  Recent heavy rains have caused the Ohio River to rise and neighborhood yards to grow tall; but all of the water has not been very kind to Switzerland County farmers.

  Delcenia Courter of near Florence ended a 31-year career with the U.S. Postal Service on April 26th. The lady in the blue truck has retired. She was the mail carrier of rural route 2. Her career began in March, 1971, as a substitute for Bob Lock. She became a regular carrier in March, 1986, on rural  route 1, After Bob Lock retired, Delcenia Courter returned to route 2  in May, 1988.

  The Community Foundation of Switzerland County (CFSC) received a $5 million Lilly Endowment CAPE Grant during the 2000-2001 school year. CAPE asked Switzerland County School Corporation to help write the grant and to implement a program that would meet CAPE objectives. Bev Houze and Darrin Gullion, coordinator of Technology for Switzerland County School Corporation, co-chair the partnership.


  The dedication for the new Switzerland County Public Library took place Sunday. The participants in the ribbon cutting ceremony were Sundra Penick, president of  the library board; Pete Furnish, president of the Vevay Town Council; Ralph Tilley, president of the Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation; Lois Rosenberger, librarian; and Jack Sullivan, representing the Ogle Foundation.

  War veterans gathered around the monument in front of the Switzerland County Courthouse during a Memorial Day service Monday morning. District VFW commander Harold Hopkins was the guest speaker.

  Kristin Sigmon, an honor student at Switzerland County High School, has been selected to participate in the Indiana University “Exploration of Careers in Science” Summer Institute. The program begins Sunday, June 14th, and continues until Saturday, August 8th.

  Boyd and Lucille Smith of near East Enterprise will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 29th.


  Ruth Bunger, Patriot, was named the Switzerland County Senior Citizen Queen Tuesday and  was crowned by last year’s queen Mildred Cochran. Esther McKay was first runner-up.

  Among the graduates who received diplomas at Northwood Institute’s commencement was Pamela Lovins of Vevay who received an associate degree in hotel and restaurant management and a  certificate in culinary arts.

  Concord Community Church will celebrate its Centennial with a Homecoming at the church in Egypt Bottom south of Patriot on Sunday, May 30th.


  Roger G. Iddings, son of Mrs. Forrest Iddings of 601 West Market Street, Vevay, has been promoted to professor in the College of Education at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

  Mary G. Peelman of Vevay was among 72 women initiated the second semester into Indiana University’s chapter of Pi Lambda Theta. The national organization recognizes women students and faculty for superior scholastic achievement and high potential for leadership in the education profession.

  Joel Harold Griffith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold R. Griffith, formerly of Vevay, received his doctor’s degree at graduation ceremonies at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis May 21st. Mrs. Fred S. Griffith of Main Street, Vevay, is his grandmother.

  Diane Gridley, a graduating senior at Switzerland County High School, has been awarded a U.S. Shoe Corporation-John F. Kennedy $500 scholarship to further pursue her education. She expects to attend Indiana State University and major in nursing.


  Tim Truitt, Linda Roberts, and Judy Lueking walked off with most of the loot last Thursday at the Vevay High School Senior Day awards presentation. Truitt was selected as 1962 class valedictorian and Miss Roberts, class salutatorian.

  Two Switzerland County girls, Alma Meeks and Barbara Ann Heath, will be among 158 Hanover College seniors receiving bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees during the 129th annual commencement exercises June 3rd.

  George Eddie James, fireman apprentice, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester R. James of 305 West Main Street, and Donald G. McAllister, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McAllister, 406 Silver Street, are attending Electrician’s Mate School at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois.

  Freddie Mike, two and a half year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Teddy Jennings of Vevay underwent throat surgery at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis last Thursday.


  Mrs. Lovina Bakes and Mrs. Caby Gooding of Ghent were weekend guests of Dr. and Mrs. Dawson Bakes at their beautiful plantation home at Lebanon, Kentucky, which they bought recently. Dr. Bakes will continue to maintain his office practice in Springfield, Kentucky, and will commute to his new home.

  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hardin have received word from their son, Quartermaster 2-C Charles Hardin, who is in the U.S. Navy, that he escaped injury while stationed on the aircraft carrier Wasp when it collided recently with the U.S. Hobson.

  Vevay lost its branch office of the Southeastern REMC on North Ferry Street here last Friday when the entire set-up was moved to the central control office in Osgood.


  Two bolts of lightning, coming within a few minutes of each other, struck the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry D. Bruner, near East Enterprise Thursday afternoon. The first bolt did no damage but the second set fire to a shed attached to the residence and required assistance from the East Enterprise Fire Department to extinguish.

  Dr. George Ellerbrook was seriously injured Thursday evening when his automobile turned over on the state highway near Center Square.

  Owners of the Vevay-Ghent ferryboat announced this week that the newly built craft would be in operation within a short time.


  Rolland Curry has been granted a franchise to operate a truck service between Vevay and Indianapolis.

  Fred Jester, farmer of the Moorefield community, died suddenly of a heart attack at his home early Suday morning.

  Born, a son, Jonas Howard, to Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Keith of Moorefield.

  Mrs. Clara L. Lamson, aged 87 years, passed away at her home in Vevay Saturday afternoon after an illness of about at two weeks.

  Elma Shadday of Vevay and Miss Esther Shilling of Shelby, Indiana were united in marriage at the home of the bride’s parents May 15th.


  Born, a son, to County Agent and Mrs. Paul Ewald on Thursday.

  The many friends of Elwood Bovard of Bascom were shocked to learn of his sudden death Friday afternoon from neuralgia of  the heart.

  Miss Alice Brooking Graham of Craig Township and Stacey Cole of Vevay were married in Carrollton Thursday morning by Reverend Watts.

  A.J. Works, aged 80 years, died at his home in Allensville Sunday evening after a painful seven weeks illness. During the Civil War he enlisted in the Union Army four times and after serving three years, was discharged as a First Lieutenant.


  There is a move on here to oil the streets. It is hoped by all that the business men or city council may take this matter up and do this work early in the season that the full benefit of the oil may be had before winter.

  The Fourth District Medical Association is in session at North Vernon today. Dr. J. P. Ward of Vevay is the outgoing president.

  The Odd Fellows have purchased an attractive new iron fence for their cemetery and hope to have some in position by Decoration Day.

  Dr. Elfers, formerly of Fairview, was married to Miss Jessie Bassett of Indianapolis on May 14th.


  Dr. Simpson drove his horse from his home in East Enterprise to the wharf boat in Vevay in one hour and did not in the least injure the animal. It is probably the fastest horse for a long distance in the county.

  The Union Furniture Company will build a boiler and engine room attached to their main five story brick.

  Died in Vevay Tuesday, May 24th, Mrs. Abby Bosaw in the 89th year of her age.

  Married in Pleasant Township, Wednesday, May 11th, at the parsonage of the officiating minister, J. J. Goodner, Mr. Tilghman Graham of Indianapolis and Miss Sarah J. Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Smith of near Sugar Branch.


  Albert Golay and wife, former Vevay residents, but later of Rock Haven, Kentucky, are visitors in Vevay.

  A term of Circuit Court will be held here, commencing next Monday and continuing four weeks. Judge Berkshire will preside.


  We have advices from Hallock’s army, near Corinth, up to Monday noon. Our whole army was within three miles of the rebel works and the pickets were only 800 yards apart.

  A dispatch from New Albany says that the steam rams, Queen of the West, Switzerland and Monarch have received orders to leave immediately for the lower Mississippi. Neither the Monarch nor Switzerland is finished but the workmen will go with them and finish them while they are en route to their destination.

  News from Pensacola is to the effect that Pensacola Navy Yard and forts were set on fire by the rebels and destroyed. All public property except the Custom House was burned.

  One night last week a company of cavalry was sent from Louisville to Ghent, Kentucky, and then proceeded to Owenton, Owen County, where they arrested the Judge, Clerk, Sheriff and Postmaster. They sent them to Louisville Sunday night on theJacob Strader. These fellows have been giving aid and comfort to the ones that recently left that county to join Humphrey Marshall.

  In this issue we print a lengthy poem by John W. Dodd of the 7th Indiana, encamped near New Market, Rockingham County, Virginia, describing his impressions of the Battle of Winchester.